From Bleak to Peak, Heavy Spring Snow Brings Turnaround to Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season with The Adventure Company

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Based on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado, The Adventure Company is off to a strong start for this year’s whitewater rafting season. Plenty of late spring snow and cool weather are making the forecast shine for this top-rated outfitter and its customers.

The Adventure Company Whitewater Rafting

Browns Canyon, on the Arkansas River, is the most popular whitewater rafting trip at The Adventure Company.

In addition to the late snow, cool temperatures have preserved the snowpack, which will allow us to have a longer season.

Mother Nature has provided a miraculous turnaround for Colorado’s whitewater enthusiasts, following the driest early winter on record with an abundance of heavy spring snow that has snowpack actually running above average. That’s resulted in a strong start to the 2013 season for The Adventure Company, which is located on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista.

“Our focus is always on providing the highest possible quality, but sometimes, in this business, success is out of your control. That’s definitely the case with snowpack in Colorado,” explained Mark Hammer, who was a river guide for 16 years before purchasing The Adventure Company in 2003. “We were fearing a repeat of last year’s low water situation; this summer is now looking like a real ‘comeback kid.’ In addition to the late snow, cool temperatures have preserved the snowpack, which will allow us to have a longer season.”

In business since 1987, The Adventure Company offers 25 different rafting trips on four rivers — ranging from the half-day Milk Run that’s suitable for kids as young as two, to the full-day, expert-level Pine Creek and Gore Canyon trips — all with an emphasis on quality. Providing multiple trips for all difficulty levels enables The Adventure Company to help its customers plan the perfect trip, whether it’s the first time they’ve been in a raft or they’re looking for a multi-day extreme whitewater experience. In addition to the difficulty level, guest’s options include the length and location of the trip, and the meeting location.

“The most important factor affecting the customer’s enjoyment, though, is the person leading the trip,” added Hammer. “An experienced guide is comfortable with the equipment and the river, makes the guests feel safe and can offer insights about the area that make the trip more fun and more memorable. That’s why we only hire guides in at least their fourth year of professional guiding.”

Making quality the top priority has paid off for The Adventure Company; it’s consistently the top-ranked rafting company in Buena Vista on TripAdvisor and loyal customers return year after year. Convenience also plays an important role in customer satisfaction, a combination of location and providing a full range of services. The Adventure Company is located on the Arkansas River, an hour from Breckenridge and an easy drive from Denver and Colorado Springs. Transportation is offered from Frisco and Breckenridge. Onsite lodging and activity packages are available, which means travelers can plan their trip with a single phone call.

Located in the heart of Chaffee County with the snowcapped Collegiate Peaks as a backdrop, Buena Vista is an ideal hub for an adventure-packed Colorado vacation. In addition to rafting on the Arkansas River — the most popular whitewater rafting river in America — the area is a popular destination for kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and four-wheeling. The Adventure Company’s activity packages include all of these choices, as well as hot air balloon rides and scenic train rides.

With the snowpack rebounding and sunny skies making their way to the Rocky Mountains, this summer has all the makings of a banner season for Colorado whitewater rafting. The Adventure Company offers travelers a top-quality experience, with choices and convenience that make vacation planning a breeze. More information is available at and 800-497-RAFT (7238).


About The Adventure Company
The Adventure Company is located on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, Colorado, an hour from Breckenridge. The five-and-a-half-acre riverside property includes an office and outfitter store, large changing area, ample parking and a shaded picnic area. The newly remodeled Riverhouse Lodge bed and breakfast features six rooms — each with a beautiful view, private bathroom, television with satellite connection, coffee pot and fridge — and a large hot tub for a relaxing soak after a day on the river. Colorado vacation packages include ATV and horseback riding tours, fishing expeditions, hot air balloons, mountain biking, rock climbing, scenic train rides and zip line tours. More information is available at or 800-497-RAFT (7238).

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